The Australia Day Awards recognise outstanding community service to the Hindmarsh Shire community during the current year and/or outstanding service to the community over a number of years. The Awards are provided by the Australia Day Committee (Victoria) and are administered by Local Government Authorities throughout Australia.

Nominations for the 2021 Australia Day Awards are now open and being called for:

  • 2021 Hindmarsh Shire Citizen of the Year
  • 2021 Hindmarsh Shire Young Citizen of the Year
  • 2021 Hindmarsh Shire Community Event of the Year

Now, more than ever, it is important for us to highlight our community members who are shining examples for us all. Persons who have made a noteworthy contribution during the current year and/or given outstanding service to the Hindmarsh Shire community over a number of years shall be eligible.

Click here to submit your nomination online.

Click here to print a nomination form.

Alternatively, nomination forms can be collected from our Customer Service Offices via appointment by calling (03) 5391 4444 or by emailing info@hindmarsh.vic.gov.au.

Nominations close at 5:00pm, Friday 27 November 2020

Nominations should be addressed to:
Chief Executive Officer
Australia Day Awards
Hindmarsh Shire Council
PO Box 250, NHILL VIC 3418


Australia Day, 26 January, is the day to reflect on what it means to be Australian, to celebrate contemporary Australia and to acknowledge our history. Every year, Hindmarsh Shire Council hosts an event in Nhill, Dimboola, Jeparit & Rainbow for our communities to gather to reflect, respect and celebrate.

The Australia Day Committee is monitoring the COVID-19 situation, and due to restrictions and the uncertain nature of the pandemic, celebrations in 2021 may look different to past years. How the region will acknowledge our Award winners is yet to be decided, however the Australia Day committees are committed to recognising and celebrating our ‘local legends’ in some way.


As of 11:59pm Wednesday 16 September 2020, Regional Victoria will move into the third step of the COVID-19 Roadmap to Recovery. Read below for an update on the changes to Council’s services.

Unfortunately we are unable to open our libraries, so libraries and customer service centres will remain closed, except that the Nhill office will now be open from 10am to Midday and 2pm to 4pm Monday to Friday without the need to make an appointment, although appointments are encouraged. Only click and collect services will be available at our libraries, for more information on this, click here.

Our parks, playgrounds and skate parks will all be open as of today and people are able to gather (up to 10 people) outdoors.

Halls and the cinema will remain closed as under the third step indoor venues are to be closed.

Updated 17/9/2020